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APE2015 Table Layout

APE2015 Table Layout

Things have been hopping here as we prepare for the Alternative Press Expo 2015 next weekend. The new books, 'To Kill a Dragon', have arrived and in glorious color. We will also copies of 'The Keeper's Warrior', as well as complete runs of 'Bureau of Mana Investigation' and 'Liberty from Hell'.

If you at the show, come by the table and say "Hi". I'll be there with Baron, and James from Fox Den will be helping out as well. We'd all love to see you!

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Woohoo!

Just got word that I just won one of the Judge's pick awards from the WeLoveFine Dungeons & Dragons t-shirt design contest with School of Hard Knox.

Check out all the winners!

**does the happy dance**

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To Kill a Dragon GN CoverTo Kill a Dragon GN Cover

Fox Den is going to be publishing the GN of to Kill a Dragon this fall so I sat down and whipped up a new cover for the collected version. Did it as a watercolor since my computer was down for 1/2 the week. Hoping to premier it at APE 2015 this year.

Here's the final version. ^.^

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Hey all - just a reminder, there are 14 days left on the WeLoveFine Dungeons & Dragons Neverwitner MMO T-shirt contest. Smudge has 4 designs up and they need up ratings. So come make your voice heard!

School of Hard Knox - Dwarven Drinking Contest - Feed the Mimic - Laughing Troll

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The long awaited last issue of 'To Kill a Dragon' is now up on ComiXology. Come Check it out!

To Kill a Dragon #4

To Kill a Dragon #4
Written by: Christina "Smudge" Hanson
Art by: Christina "Smudge" Hanson
Price: $0.99

Conclusion! After Benard's death, Nadine makes a mad dash to find help. Meanwhile, the half-dragon rushed to face Veniamin head long inside Nadine's apple orchard. It's a battle of magics and wits with the winner walking away alive.

Buy now on comiXology!

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It has officially opened, the We Love Fine D&D Neverwinter Design Contest is open to rating it's entries.

WeLoveFine D&D Neverwinter Design Contest

I have really high hopes for my 4 designs. Though if I loose to RedMorpho's Boo I will totally not cry. They are awesome and I'd sure like one on my shirt.

Anyways - come rate my designs at We Love Fine!

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So now that 'To Kill a Dragon' is in the can, I now contemplate what my next project will be. Only problem is, now that I'm not consumed in a project, ALL my other ones are scrambling for attentions... at the same time. Including a new one, something I told my self I wasn't going to do. Thanks, brain.

Right now, I'm trying to sit down and organize the different stories: outlining basic arcs, getting characters ironed out so I know the different casts I'm dealing with, and trying to take a long look at the media each of the stories wants to exist in. As such - my art production is mostly going to be super rough pencil sketches and semi-random doodles that probably will only make since to me for a while.

In the meantime - here's what I've been poking at for a bit; Character designs for the new story I told myself I wasn't going to do. Tentatively titles "A Song for the Earth and Rain", it's a Romeo and Juliette styled love story set in a fantasy Far-East.

Gau-studyThis is Gau (Farwalker), an Elf and main character. He's a long traveled merchant who ends up in the orient ala Marco Polo. Since doing this, he has told me that he's also dances Ballet, but thinks he's no good at it and keeps it more as a hobby.

Do note, his "not that good at it" is kind of like someone who just missed the cut at the Royal Ballet saying they are "not that good". We all wish we were "not that good." ~.~

Design is totally NOT final. Not sold yet on the Tutor fashion, but I really like the concept of the cod piece as part of his native dress.

Rest below cut due to slightly NSFW artistic nudity.

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Hello all! Still busy working away on 'To Kill a Dragon', but I wanted to post a little update of where I currently stand. Just finished another color page. That means I have 7 more pages to go. With luck, I'll have everything done by the second week of February.

Unfortunately, I have a little bad news for those waiting for 'To Kill a Dragon' on ComiXology. After sitting in the cue for months, they have finally rejected issue 2. Mostly due to "need's proofing/has typos" and "images are too low quality/aliased". Okay, I freely admit my spelling is not the best in the world. It gets "creative" at times. But that's why I pass it off to three different people to proofread. Apparently something slipped though anyways. So, when I get a chance I'll go back though the files and see what went wrong and fix it. At least for ComiXology purposes, there is going to be an even longer delay between issues. But I wanted to let folks know what's going on there.

I've also been wanting to upload the pages on SmudgeMarks & EngelWerks, but my heads been so full of just getting the coloring done for the last issue, that keeps getting pushed back. Again, I'm sorry for the delay of that.

A lot of the hangups are cementing in my mind to have a project competed *before* going live with it. Too many delays and interruptions that I cannot seem to recover from, so the best workaround is to have it in the can before hand. At least I'm coming to grips with it now and not with a much bigger project.

Anyways - The last issue of 'To Kill a Dragon' is now looking to come out the first or second week in February. I really hope you enjoy it!

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Well, yeah. It was bound to happen.

I, Smudge, have fallen behind in my work schedule again. Nothing bad, really. Just over booked myself then the holidays started. Will post a couple of sketches and such on Friday to the various sites that host but the last issue (which will be oversize) will hopefully be posted at the beginning of January.

I also completely face-planted on NaNoWriMo this year. Part of the issue there is that I was assuming I would have ‘To Kill a Dragon’ done by the beginning of November. BWAHAHAHA, silly me. So, yeah. I’ll get back to that once the comic is done.

Anyways, just wanted to give you all a heads up on things happening here.

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Sorry things have been quite here lately. Mostly it’s due to having our noses to the grindstone.

Baron’s been working hard getting commissions done while getting work together for FC next year. Will post new stuff on that, hopefully, Monday.

As for me, Smudge, Fox Den and I have got ‘the Keeper’s Warrior’ edits in the can and hope to have the proof copy from the printer any day now. ePub version will also be released at the same time so you have your choice of digital or dead trees. Oh, and I was able to include all the art in the digital version too. It was a pain, but I think it will be well worth it in the long run.

To ‘Kill a Dragon’ is still chugging along. I’m in talks with MadeFire, a comic app, to have it posted there.

And last but not least, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Mostly to try and kick me outta my mental block when it comes to writing. This past few years have not been good to me stress wise and it means that my writing creative juices are not only not flowing, but acting like molasses… in Montana … during winter. And before you ask, ‘To Kill a Dragon’, story-wise, has been sitting on my desk complete for nearly ten years. But with luck, and a little nudge, now that the worst of the stress is off me, I can get things not only going again, but completed.

I’ve decided this year, I’m going to get Dis’ tale done. Right now, it’s under the working title of ‘the Inn of the Cat’, but I am hoping to find something better. After all, the current title, while descriptive, is pretty dang common. Wish me luck!



the Inn of the Cat

DisLoungingAround

Dis was a wanderer, but not by choice. All he wants is a place to call home. And he finally thought he’d found it, in a small inn run by Edio within the bustling trade city of Daleport. Yet, politics, the coming of a new lordship for the city and fear are threaten to, yet again, force him to flee. After all, it’s hard to be a magical being in a city that faces any magic with torches and pitch-forks.


SmudgeDragon on NaNoWriMo

Current word count: 1770

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Hand Of The Dragon

Hand Of The Dragon

Getting close to releasing issue #3 of ‘To Kill a Dragon’. Here’s the cover image to prove it. ^.^

Sorry I’ve been so quite as of late. Usually when I drop off it’s because I’m either dealing with RL drama, or have my nose to the grindstone. This time, happily, it’s been the latter, not the former. Not only have I been working on getting ‘To Kill a Dragon’ out the door, but I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes here setting up a new eStore and programing needed plugins.

The program work is nearly done. As soon as it is, I’ll be posting ‘To Kill a Dragon’ at SmudgeMarks & EngelWerks as well as a test of our new subscription model for comics, stories, and podcasts.

I’ve also been keeping busy domestic side as well. Been on a slow rampage of house cleaning/organization/getting-rid-of-crap since the emergence room visit a month ago. A lot of this is my vain attempt to get the house a little less allergen friendly. My long standing dream at this point is to get it in shape enough for Roombas to be able work. Yeah, probably never happening, but I can give it the collage “GO”.

Back to the grindstone for me – Issue three won’t letter itself.

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Just a heads up ~ Radio Comix (Smudge’s Publisher for BMI, Ebin & May, Liberty from Hell) is having a big clearance sale.



Super End of Summer Warehouse Blowout Sale on the Radio Comix Online store!

It’s too hot to do inventory, and we wanna clear out some boxes from storage so you get bargains galore! Discounts from 15%-50% on comics, graphic novels, back issues and more! Everything from furry to anthro to manga to yaoi to adult, every genre is on sale!


If you ever wanted to get your hands on hard copies of these, now’s the time to do it. ^.^

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Because I am dorky and like playing with new tools, I posted the first issue of ‘To Kill a Dragon’ over onto DeviantART. Come check it out if you haven’t given this a read already. ^.^


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The Keeper's Warrior CoverThe Keeper’s Warrior Cover

Keeper and Warrior discuss the practicalities of a wooden amulet they have made. It maybe small, but where Warrior is going, it might mean the difference between wining and loosing.

Woot – and now the cover’s done for “the Keeper’s Warrior”. Just need to do a last bit of proofing, and get the cover and interior layout finalized and off to the presses it goes.

Prints: Available on DA COMING SOON ~ Available on Zazzle
Original: COMING SOON

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To Kill a Dragon (no logo)

To Kill a Dragon

Well, after some technical hiccups, I’m happy to announce that To Kill a Dragon is live up on Crunchyroll’s Artist Alley.

Second issue should be available in two months, if all goes well.

To Kill a Dragon Issue #1 (of 4), 13 pages, Full color, bi-monthly (roughly)

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I just put the finishing touches on illo #8 of 9. Woot! One more to go, then the cover. After that a final proofing and off to the printer it goes. So close… so close….

Still looking for ideas for grass roots marketing/advertizing for the book. If you have any ideas, drop them in the comments. ^.^

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So this week business wise, we’ve gotten a lot accomplished. We now officially have our business back account. And I’ve started our new accounting books. Last thing we need in the resale license from the BoE. That’s my job today.

Tuesday however, was a complete right-off. Spent all day trying to figure out how to get ePub written to display images (i.e. comics) correctly only to wind up in utter fail. When it comes to images, my opinion of the ePub format is still that it is a bag of dolphins. I still think the best solution is to pay someone like Grahpicly to format and distribute them. But it will be a long time before we can afford such things.

Bah – enough with fiddling with ePubs. Time to get to work on other things … like the next illo for ‘The Keeper’s Warrior”.
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So, my other project I’ve been diligently working on is a newish comic book… in full color.


To Kill a Dragon (no logo)

To Kill a Dragon



After a devastating attack by the assassin Venianim on the King’s airship, a lone survivor wakes up confused and mute after falling into Nadine’s apple orchard. With the entire kingdom in an uproar, only this strange, quiet man holds any knowledge on what happened that day and where the Great Dragon 7th, the assassin’s real target, has disappeared to. Now both friend and foe want him, and the race is on to who can find him first.


I’ve actually had this completed in black and white for some time now as it was an entry to a contest. But since I never heard back from the contest holders, I must assume I didn’t win anything and thus the rights reverted back. I do hope to rewrite the ending as I think I can do better now, but a good 2/3rds of the book is pretty much ready to go. So I’ve been busy teaching myself to digitally color, slowly working out a way I can do it quickly, yet not destroy my hand in the process. That last part is kind of important, but is still eluding me.

I hope to have the first issue, of four, online and ready for readers come Wednesday. And where online shall people be able to read this tale of Dragons and airships? Would you believe Crunchyroll?

^.^

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Been fighting some pretty bad depression this last couple of months. A lot of it revolves around stress over money, or lack there of. But no small part is also due to my allergies and this past winter flu season. The flu shot this year did not help. To fight it, I’ve been nose deep in busy-work.

Currently I’m stalled with SM-EW due to a delay in Sunnyvale sending us our business license. Without that, we can’t get the DBA. And without both of them we can’t set up the bank account. And everything else revolves around getting the bank account. GRRRR! Maybe complaining about it here will mean it’ll show up in the mail today.

I’ve also been busy coloring an older, unpublished project for a new outlet. It’ll be a 4 issue, roughly 12 pages, bi-monthly comic called “To Kill a Dragon” (working title, org. “Hand of the Dragon”). Right now, I’m coloring page 13 of the first issue. Will post some sample pages once I get the re-lettering in. While I still need to rewrite the ending (was unhappy with the first version), all the other art and writing is done. It just needs a little more polishing and some color. Only problem with this is that it’s really beating on my hand. After about an hour, I am really feeling it. This is all being done digitally. I guess me and pure digital art just don’t mix. But I will see this through, one page at a time. I have no idea how good, bad, or indifferent this will do. But if I don’t try something new I can’t move forward. After all, all the old ways and channels are no-longer working. Adapted or die time.

I’m also deep in getting the illos done for the novella I’ll be PODing soon. Hopefully, I’ll have a couple I can post online soon for all to see. I’m nervous and excited about it all at the same time. Nervous mostly because it’s had very few beta readers, and as par typical, they were good with basic edits, but not much useful criticism. I miss Gerald. He’d rip my stories to shreds, making the paper bleed red. I have yet to find a beta reader who would do the same. So, I’m sending this off into the wilds hoping I’ve prepared it for the best that any one person can, praying that others like it as well. After all, I’m pretty fond of Warrior and Keeper at this point.

So where does this leave Ebin & May? Kind of up in the air actually. I need to focus on stuff that has the possibility of making some income. At this point Ebin & May has no chance of ever doing that. I do want to finish it, but if I have to make the choice of working on a project that can bring some much needed income in vs. one that has none, guess which gets pushed tot he bottom of the “to do” pile. There’s a lot more here than I can really go into nor talk about. For now, Ebin & May has to be squeezed in around the edges and that’s the best it’s going to get unless something radically changes.

One of the other ‘projects’ I’ve been trying to work on is getting my bicycle repaired. It seriously needs some TLC, but the money has been lacking and this whole house (including myself) suffers from “we’ll get to it later” syndrome. Today, I finally got off my butt and went down to the hardware store and bought a single inner-tube and a bike pump. It was all I could afford atm. But it will allow me to check that I have the wheel size correct. Maybe next month I’ll have enough to buy a second tube. After that, new road tires (the ones currently on the bike are permanently pancaked on one side), a new chain, headlights (they ticket you mightily if you don’t have them around here come dusk), and a cheep bike rack so that I can use it instead of the van to get groceries and stuff. Should get the seat and shifter looked at, but those are much more low priority things compared to the wheels and chain.

Anyway, that’s all I can really go into at this time. Lots of things happening behind the scene that I can’t talk about, unfortunately. But I am trying to forge ahead.

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